Did you know that nearly 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away annually? Unfortunately, most personal care items end up in landfills, which release harmful toxins and can cause both health and environmental risks. If you’d like to adopt a low-waste lifestyle, an easy place to start is your bathroom.
Here are several Eco-friendly, sustainable products you can easily swap to create a zero waste bathroom:
1. Bamboo Toilet Paper
According to Environment America, the average American uses over 140 toilet paper rolls per year. That equates to about 28 pounds of paper flushed down the toilet, and millions of trees cut down in the process. Bamboo toilet paper is biodegradable and an Eco-friendly alternative. As a fast-growing plant, bamboo helps to minimize deforestation.
2. Safety Razors
Plastic razors are another personal care item that is generally tossed out after use. Swap out your disposable plastic razors with safety razors, which are reusable and recyclable.
3. Bar Soap
Soap bottles are plastic and, if not recycled, contribute to landfills. You can reduce plastic waste by buying bar soap that comes in recyclable packaging.
4. DIY Makeup Remover
Did you know that coconut oil naturally removes makeup? You can mix it with water and aloe to make a homemade makeup remover and store in a reusable container.
5. Reusable Cotton Rounds
Instead of disposing of cotton rounds after use, consider reusable versions. There are Eco-friendly brands that make cotton rounds washable, which last longer.
6. Low-flow Shower Heads
Do you take long showers? Consider swapping out your shower head with a low-flow version. These help conserve water each time you bathe.
7. Compostable Trash Bags
Instead of plastic bags, find compostable versions. These are much safer for the environment and help reduce plastic waste.
Although often expensive, bidets help minimize toilet paper usage. Bidets also reduce the amount of toilet paper flushed, aiding the sewage system.
9. Cloth Shower Liners
Most shower liners are plastic and eventually tossed in the trash. Cloth shower liners, on the other hand, are washable and durable. Since these last much longer, they inevitably help you save money.
10. Refillable Cleaning Products
Last but not least, search for Eco-friendly brands that sell large cleaner concentrate.s These allow you to refill your spray bottles for multiple uses.